If you’ve been following my series of blogs “The Details” you know I have been showing all the different ways you can complete cabinets with different design elements for that final finishing touch. Well, I’m nearing the end of the series, folks, and today we are discussing decorative “turned” posts that you can incorporate in your design.

A true turned post is made of solid wood that starts off as a long, square-shaped newel, then set into a lathe which spins it at a very high rate so it can be shaped with different cutting tools. Some lathes allow shaping posts by hand, while most others are shaped by a CNC machine for accuracy. At Dura Supreme, all of our turned posts are created right in our hometown of Howard Lake, MN, and curated for both Crestwood and Bria product lines.

 

 

Our turned post are very versatile, not only in style but in sizes. We offer two widths: 3.5″ x3.5″ and 5.5″ x5.5″. Both sizes come in heights of 31.5″ 34.5″ or 40.5″. Just keep in mind the larger 5.5″ width is limited in style.

3.5″ Turned Posts

Below is a sampling of the 29 different styles we have available for our standard 3.5″ turned posts.

5.5″ Turned Post

For those that like to go big, we offer some of our 3.5″ posts in a beefier 5.5″ size. Great for larger rooms and bigger kitchen islands!

The traditional style of the BG turned post is perfect for the warm tones of this kitchen island.

Designed by Studio M Kitchen & Bath | Plymouth, MN

Photo by Scott Amundson Photography

The N6 turning firmly grounds this Knotty Alder kitchen island in place.

Designed by Studio M Kitchen & Bath | Plymouth, MN

The transitional I6 leg mixes well with the door style of the cabinets.

Design by Lang’s Kitchen & Bath | Newton, PA

Photo by Linda McManus

The traditional design of the D6 leg looks great in this Personal Paint Match kitchen island.

Design by Kitchen & Bath Galleries | Cary, NC

Photo by Verrill Photography

When you use turned posts for countertop support you now have the option of having a deeper overhang; something you are not able to get when using brackets for support. Deeper overhangs give more legroom, especially for families that may be concerned with kids kicking the finished panel underneath (am I right, parents?)  Turned posts make creating built-in tables a breeze as seen in these next photos.

An extra-deep kitchen island using our M1 turned post in a Weathered finish.

Designed by Mariotti Bldg. Products | Old Forge, PA

Photo by Danielle Coons 

A deep kitchen island top supported by our N1 Turned post in Knotty Alder adds to this stylish kitchen.

Design by Kayla Stuart of Granite Ridge Builders | Fort Wayne, IN

The A1 turning offers beautiful support for the extended countertop of this eat-in kitchen.

Design by Stephanie Frees of Plain & Posh Distinctive Cabinet Designs | Westmont, IL

The simple lines of the H1 post work well with shaker-style cabinet doors.

Design by Boyer Building Corp | Minnetonka, MN

Photo by Mark Ehlen of Ehlen Creative Communications

Turned posts don’t necessarily need to be used for only supporting countertops. They can be used as a decorative enhancement within a run of base cabinets, highlighting areas of the cabinets that you want to stand out. Below are some lovely uses of turned posts being used in this application along with our styled specific Turned Post Assembly for kitchen islands and Split Turned Post End Panels.

Using our turned leg style M16 creates a quaint dressing table for this master bath.

Designed by Dillman & Upton | Rochester, MI

The kitchen above showcases our I6 full turned leg that frames in the kitchen sink area below the window.

This master suite has added split-turned post-end panels to the double vanity for a simple furniture look.

Design by Gillman’s Kitchen & Bath | San Francisco, CA

Dura Supreme base x wine cabinet with drawer.

This kitchen island uses our Turned Post Kitchen Island Assembly on the end and features the C1 style turned post.

Split Turned Post end panels in style I6 frame the decorative farmhouse kitchen sink.

Design by Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton | Rochester, MI

An example of our Turned Post Assembly for kitchen islands –  Plate Display using leg style B6.

A mixture of two different kitchen cabinet woods and finishes in a mountain resort styled kitchen design.

The I16 post is incorporated into the base cabinets of this kitchen adding to the beauty of the mantle hood.

Turned posts are not just for supporting countertops. As you can see from the previous photos, they can add a beautiful, decorative enhancement to cabinetry in both traditional and transitional designs and in different rooms as well. A lot of our turned post styles can be seen on our website here along with other design elements, or you can visit your local Dura Supreme dealer to see all the options available.

Look for my final post in this series “The Details” in the next few weeks!

Stacey Lindstrom the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and blog author for the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Stacey Lindstrom is the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Stacey has a degree in interior design and over 25 years in the kitchen and Bath industry. She has worked in all kinds of business platforms, from small dealers to online design and sales, and has worked with 20.20 Design software since 1997. Her first venture working with Dura Supreme Cabinets was way back in 1995, creating hand drawings for a dealer showroom. In the last 10 years, she has had her work showcased on episodes of Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers, as well as season 15 of Big Brother. As much as she loves designing spaces for clients, Stacey enjoys training and educating on product and design as well, and draws from her own expertise as well us blunders over the years to help Dura Supreme and its dealers.

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